The Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus named Rochester Sen. Dave Senjem as its majority leader in the wake of the resignation of former party leader Amy Koch, who resigned two weeks ago after she admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a male staffer.
Lillie, who will be serving his second term in the Senate, called Senjem the best person for the job.
“He’s been a leader for the Caucus and worked well with us on a number of issues,” Lillie said in a statement issued Wednesday. “We’re ready to start fresh and get to work on job growth and government reform.”
Lillie said he was “honored” that his colleagues chose him to serve on the leadership team along with Sen. Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes), Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-Brainerd) and Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan).
“I am a small-business owner and I fully intend on bringing those skills to the table as we seek out innovative ways to improve state government,” Lillie said. “I am optimistic that with Senate Majority Leader Senjem’s guidance and a new leadership team in place, we can work together to move Minnesota forward in the right direction.”